Memorandum for the Secretary of State, 14. August 1961Memorandum for the Secretary of State, 14. August 1961
August 14, 1961
- What steps will we take this week to exploit politically propagandawise the Soviet-East German cut-off of the border?
- This seems to me to show how hollow is the phrase "free city" and how despised is the East German government, which the Soviet Union seeks to make respectable.
- The question we must decide is how far we should push this. It offers us a very good propaganda stick which if the situation were reversed would be well used in beating us. It seems to me this requires decisions at the highest level.
Quelle: U.S. Department of State (Hg.), 1994: Foreign Relations of the United States, Vol. XV: Berlin Crisis, 1962-1963, Washington, S. 332